In addition to the film screenings, which will take place over the six days of the festival in the Leokino and the Cinematopgraph, there will be numerous fringe events before and during the festival that complement the diverse film program and bring guests together. IFFI #32 will kick off on 6 JUNE 2023 at 7 p.m., when festival director Anna Ladinig and representatives of the Province of Tyrol and the City of Innsbruck will open the festival at LEOKINO. Afterwards, the screening of the film LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG by Antonio Lukich will take place. The film is part of the audience competition and is about the twins Kolja and Vasja (played by the rappers Amil and Ramil Nasirov) who could not be more different: One is a (too) honest policeman, the other a bus driver and petty criminal. When they learn that their father is dying in Luxembourg, they embark on a journey. Lukich, who also deals with his own experience with his father in LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG, succeeds in making a funny, colorful film that tells a lot about Ukraine after independence and before the war. After the screening, IFFI invites you to celebrate the festival opening with drinks and buffet in the foyer of the Leokino.

In addition to the opening, the festive awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the festival. The prizes of the four competitions will be awarded on 10 JUNE 2023 at 8 pm at LEOKINO. The award ceremony will be followed by a concert by ALINE FRAZÃO at LEOKINO 1.

Singer-songwriter Aline Frazão grew up in Angola's capital Luanda, studied in Lisbon, lived in Spain for a long time and has since returned to Luanda. Her compositions are influenced by a wide stylistic spectrum: Bossa Nova is part of it, jazz as well as the music of Cape Verde. The reference to her Angolan homeland and her Creole roots are formative for her music.

For those interested in (film) studies, ZIAS, the Center for Inter-American Studies, offers a lecture series titled "INSIDE MOUNTAINS: Material Extractions and mythical exploits in the Americas." On different dates there will be lectures by filmmakers and scholars*:

1. In the run-up to the festival, on Thursday 27 APRIL at 18:00, there was an Artist Talk with filmmaker Salomé Lamas (Caldas da Rainha School of Arts and Design, School of Arts of Universidade Católica Portuguesa). In keeping with this, the film EL DORADO XXI will be screened during the festival at the Cinematograph on Sunday, JUNE 11 at 21:00.

2. prior to the screening of the two films GROS MORNE: A MATTER OF TIME and THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: GROS MORNE, which will be shown at the Cinematograph on June 6 at 17:30, there will be a lecture by Rachel Webb Jekanowski (Memorial University of Newfondland) entitled "Mountains Beyond Mountains: Heritage Cinematic Extractivism in Gros Morne National Park" on June 5.

The entire ZIAS program was conceptualized by Michi Fuchs and Michael Quendler and can be viewed at

With the short film competition integrated for the first time at IFFI this year, the FILMBISCUIT discussion panel with filmmakers- and interested parties will be contextualized on Thursday, June 8 at 2 pm in the Machete. Topics such as intimacy coordination, "MeToo", and "whitewashing" in film will be brought together with theories from anti-racism and anti-discrimination research and related to the films. Interesting impulses and controversial food for thought will facilitate a discourse that provides space for critical voices and valuable positions in a diverse round. The discussion round is hosted by ZeMiT.

Another professionally exciting offer is the TALK "The Dissolution of a Boundary Stone" on the question: "Does the category of documentary film still exist at all?", which will take place on June 9 in Room 2 of the Leokino. Documentary film is one of the most multifaceted film genres of the present. Its artistic versatility makes it increasingly difficult to distinguish it from feature films. Against this background, more and more film festivals are refraining from distinguishing between these two categories. The discussion will focus on the topicality, function and meaningfulness of this distinction.

In cooperation with the City Library, two events will take place on the overall theme of film and comics. Invited is the Berlin artist Bernadette Schweihoff, who created the current comic treiben, which is about a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway - and thus has direct parallels to the film HYTTI NRO. 6. What is the difference between film and comics? This question will be discussed at the talk on Monday, June 5, at the City Library. The following day, the workshop "Comic without Storyboard" will take place, again with artist Bernadette Schweihoff. Here, participants* can experiment with camera perspectives and develop a storyboard from the collected images. The workshop will take place on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for both events is available through the public library.